Most Velux windows are to fit specific pitches. It’s, therefore, necessary to confirm that the target window will suit the slope of the pitch. You need to measure the angle then go for the right product.
Determine the location
You should choose the best location for maximum efficiency and improved operation. You may want to install it at a certain location, but you later discover there is a strong beam or rafter beneath. This calls for changing the location.
Measure the size
Just like the slope, it’s also important to know the dimension that will be covered by the window. The larger the window the larger the space should be. This entails using a ruler to measure the length and width.
Pick the right window
Velux windows come in many designs and each has its unique pros and cons. Some types are perfect for tiles, others for corrugated iron sheets, and some are fit for slates. You may pick a window based on the intended cut or cut the opening as per the window.
Mark the location
Mark the point where the window will go using chalk or any other identifier. And as the old adage states, measure twice cut once. After reconfirming then location, you now need to remove the tiles, slates, iron sheets, sheeting, insulation, and other covering materials. Leave a margin of about 18cm (7 inches) around.
Cut an opening
Cut an opening where the window will be placed. It should be between rafters so as to prevent structural damage and to allow in maximum lighting. You need to be extra careful while cutting to avoid interfering with plumbing or wiring.
NB: It’s advised to cut from the inside especially if the space between the ceiling and the roof is wide. Also, having an assistant to help you to hold the cutout helps.
Insert the Skylight
Insert the window in the opening and make sure it is aligned perfectly. Some types come with a built-in frame while others are attached to a curb. You should ensure there is minimal space around the edges.
Firmly secure the window to the support and if it’s the opening type, ensure it is operating perfectly.
Tip: Have an assistant to help you support and align the window during installation.
Although the window is now firmly secured to the curb or frame, it still has openings that may allow water, moisture, dirt and other things to pass through. Placing a waterproof felt helps to stop these compounds. Staple it nicely all around. Some types may require an additional membrane for further water and windproofing.
Replace the tiles
The edges around the Velux window will be missing the covering. Replace the tiles, slate or corrugated iron sheet and make sure they flush properly. They now will be lying on the membrane.
Adding Velux windows to your roof will help improve the lighting in the loft conversation, enhance the beauty, and also add worth to your property. But, if done poorly, not only will it ruin the appeal and value but may mean you spending more time and cost carrying out the necessary repairs. You can save yourself the trouble by working with reputable and experienced roofers.
Birmingham Roofers is a well-known firm that specialises in the addition of Velux windows on the roof. It can fit different types of products on any type of roof whether sloping (pitched), hip, mansard, gambrel, or gable. The company uses the best technologies to ensure the installation is perfect and that there are no leaks, operating it is easy, and it improves the beauty and value of the property.
You can get in touch us Birmingham Roofers by visiting our website at bmroofers.co.uk, sending an email, or giving them a call. And if you happen to be in Birmingham, you can always stop by their offices.